SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic was abuzz Wednesday night as prospective families poured onto campus for Open House, leading to a standing-room-only crowd and incredible excitement.

As families entered the auditorium, they were greeted by the piano playing of Union Catholic senior Andrew Palacio, and right before the presentation began, UC's Performing Arts Company gave a spirited sneak peek of the fall play, Clue on Stage.

After UC Assistant Principal Dr. James Reagan addressed the captivated audience, UC senior Tiffany Grovas-Acosta delivered a prayer and UC senior Olivia Kelly sang the National Anthem. Principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, followed with welcoming words.

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The audience then viewed an informative presentation that provided an overview of Union Catholic's mission of providing a quality education in a faith-based environment. This presentation emphasized the strong commitment UC has to its core values of Community, Compassion, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility and included engaging videos from past students who spoke about how Union Catholic has shaped their lives.

In the next portion of the evening, prospective students and their families visited several academic areas, met with teachers and current students, participated in activities and labs, learned about all the different clubs and activities, received information on the admissions process, and met with coaches and UC athletes.

"What a great night we had here at Union Catholic,'' said Dr. Reagan. "The ability to share the UC story with so many prospective students and families was a great experience for everyone. The excitement of the night and the buzz that was created has carried over into today and will propel us into the future.''